Unaka student able to share graduation with sick grandmother


The community of Stoney Creek knows how to rally together in times of need. 

Unaka High School senior Drew Stanley is just days away from graduation, but his grandmother is unable to attend due to sickness. 

So to help make the graduation ceremony a reality for her, Stanley and his classmates were able to have a ceremony so his grandmother, Brenda, can be involved. 

The touching moment from the students even caught the eye of their football coach, O’Brien Bennett. 

“I want to brag on our boys!! Drew- Reid’s best friend since kindergarten- His sweet Mamaw has been very sick & knew she couldn’t make it to see Drew & all of her other boys graduate. So Reid told me what they were going to do today. They brought graduation to mamaw. I am typing this through tears!! Also- thank you Lisa Taylor McGinnis & Betsy Oliver for all of your help. What wonderful- kind young men we have!! They truly would do anything for one another & are brothers forever❤ Mamaw Brenda- we love you & are praying for you!! I have no words to express how much I love them & how very proud I am!! #classof2019 #theysurelovemamawBrenda” Michelle Taylor posted to Facebook. Her son, Reid, is one of the students pictured.

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